Changing the way you think

It’s all too easy to give up on our resolutions, but new research shows that with perseverance we can rewire our brains even in adulthood Fresh thinking: ‘Evidence has been found for the growth of new nerve cells in adult brains, which means we can break old habits and make new ones.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Many of us may already be struggling with our New Year’s resolutions, but at least we can take comfort in modern neuroscience. Forty years ago, we’d have been less hopeful. Back then neuroscience would say that the brain was fixed after early childhood. One famous experiment in the 1960s showed that if kittens were placed in a visually deprived environment in the days and weeks after birth, their sight as older cats would be…

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